AAZ Records (aazrecords)

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AAZ Records

A tiny record label based in Leeds, Yorks | Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

www.johnparkes.com

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Tiny record label based in Leeds and Reading - releasing records by John Parkes.  Kind of the same as FR Records releasing records by Whole Sky Monitor

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Freaks!

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It seems to me that these days a massive number of TV programmes (and surely therefore a big pr..

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29th Aug

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Now entering Harehills Chapeltown (again)

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As I often do I walked home through Harehills (Leeds) recently.  Cars pull ..

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29th Aug

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I'd like a ladder that's 100 litres in volume please...

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Come on now, all you car owners and users…how many litres of boot space do you have?  No..

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29th Aug

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LIDL by LIDL I'm losing my love for you...

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Just did a bit of shopping in LIDL.  As I left the woman on the till said 'hey, have a gre..

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5th Jul

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Salad daze

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I've just joined the Green Party - Hurray for me. I'm feeling rather ple..

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27th May

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News from the future...

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Got cross with the Blathersphere and it's madness again on Friday to the extent that I bothered..

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26th Apr

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It's been a while...

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It's been a while since the last post (cue bugle).  That isn't to say that nothing has ann..

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25th Jan

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Packaging

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When I was a kid I used to think that packaging (and other aspects of the world, but that’s a..

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11th Oct

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EyeBar!

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There was a recent ‘What’s on TV’ competition to “Win Theatre Tokens with EyeBar – th..

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11th Oct

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Ban the car!

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I became a pedestrian again recently.  This reminded me of several things…

1. ..

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11th Oct

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Revive Chuck!

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I’d like to tentatively (and perhaps optimistically) suggest that a rock and roll revival may..

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11th Oct

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Must write a stiff letter...

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I read a copy of the Telegraph this weekend (didn't buy it you understand...)  I knew that..

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5th Oct

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Pass the spliff Alumni man!

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I get another annoying communication from the Leeds University Alumni Office.  Seems ..

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20th Sep

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Damn you Mister Motivator!

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Oops, I forgot to post this and it's getting a bit old now...

Darn it, feeling slightly c..

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20th Sep

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Spambots

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Just wanted to say I'm sick of spam comments on this blog - you won't see them much because the..

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12th Sep

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That's enough MSN

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I got an advert in my Hotmail inbox today.  Here’s what it says…

“Introducing ..

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12th Sep

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The Fields

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28th Jul

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The Fields

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28th Jul

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More free music coming up - and a Radio Programme you shou..

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Oh that's not one of my better blog post titles is it?  Still, never mind...

On occasion the modern world is quite good, actually - I recorded and mixed a new song yesterday (well, Neil the recording man and me anyway), uploaded it to the BBC website thingie ('the Uploader') - and it's going to be broadcast on on t'BBC on Saturday evening (27th July) - So it'll have gone from a lyric sheet and some chords in my head to public broadcast in 5 days. Not a record (no, it's an MP3!) but well. y'k..

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22nd Jul

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Back on board!

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Deary me...Have been locked out of the old blog for a few days due to some jiggery pokery that Google keep saying about having 'conflicting accounts' - looks like a ruse to get people to open a Gmail account to me.  But what a load of old pony really...Perhaps there really are technical reasons but they could make it easier...But I'm back in by the looks of it. 

Hurray for me and a thumbs down for Google for making me read really boring weasily stuff that I didn't understand - there was..

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22nd Jul

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Fun World Cup game!

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Hey folks...I just tried this - the Doritos 'Score and Win' game aka the Doritos Penalty Shootout.

Here's how it works...Now don't forget the code on the packet - the one that's not printed correctly?  OK, can't use that packet, let's try the other one...

Here we go...this'll be fun.  Enter your code number in the box.  Wonder why nothing has happened.  Try it again.  And again.  Squint at packet to check you have this right.  Think of giving up...

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21st Jun

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The Longest Day

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It's the 70th anniversary of D-Day.  I wrote a song about D-Day a while back.  It's not been released.  But It's now up on Bandcamp for you to download for free - http://johnparkes.bandcamp.com/

Here's a long explanation about the song which possibly takes itself a bit seriously...

But please download the song, have a think maybe and pass it on or whatever...You can pay something if you like but there's no need... 

This is my song about D-Day, June 6th 1944. I..

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6th Jun

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David Crosby - Wow!

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It’s so good to have been around music for years and years and to still hear something so absolutely stunningly good that you want to listen to it over and over again.  Years ago I remember buying ‘Down in the Tube Station at Midnight’ by the Jam and playing it maybe 20 times in row.  It was so good I just couldn’t get enough of it.  Similar thing happened with ‘Bringing it all Back Home’ and ‘Hunky Dory’ – records so good (for large parts anyway) that you wonder how it..

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4th Jun

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Longest Day

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4th Jun

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Lawnmower delivery update

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I forgot to mention – I ordered the lawnmower previously referred to online as the shop (I’ll call it shop and not ‘store’ thank you) didn’t have any of the most suitable model in stock - except on display of course.  This is the good old fashioned routine I’m used to...But order online by 6pm and they guarantee delivery the next day.  I raced home from the shop and got the order in at 5.48 on the Wednesday afternoon.  By 7pm on Thursday the thing hadn’t arrived so I called..

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28th May

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Making do with one lawnmower

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Sometimes I love the stupidity of online...For example...I just bought a lawnmower online (I know, rock and roll!) – the website I’ve just bought the lawnmower from then says ‘you may also want...’ – and shows me a list of suggestions for things I might also want to go with my new lawnmower.  This consists of a string of pictures of, guess what? – Lawnmowers!

Now I don’t know about you, and call me crazy if you like, but I’d suggest that if you’re in the business of selling..

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28th May

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Laugh? I nearly drowned! - An urgent message from the saf..

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I have an urgent update from the world of instructions...this is the best one since the one about not letting burglars in through the cat-flap...This one is from the instructions for some Slazenger swimming goggles. 

The first item in the “GB: Fitting Instruction” is a WARNING– “use only under competent supervision”...well, OK, I guess that means no-one can use them to swim unsupervised - but the second part of the first sentence on the instruction leaflet says “WILL NOT PROTECT ..

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28th May

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Designer frames?

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I've just ordered some new glasses.  As in specs.  I have a couple of random thoughts.  The first is when did it become such a money making racket?  Sure, nowadays I have complicated lenses and whatnot but when did the inevitable response to the question 'can I have some new glasses please?' become 'certainly sir, that'll be four hundred and fifty pounds'?

The other one is how do they invent the frames that are not 'designer frames'?  Do these frames not have a ..

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4th May

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System's down mate!

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Not that you'll remember but I posted a while back about a shopping trip to the local Co-op to buy a loaf of bread when they had a power cut to the till.  They had bread, I had money, we both knew the price but they apparently didn't have enough electricity in the right place to actually sell me anything.

Well...same happened at my local post office recently.  To be fair I have 2 local post offices.  The nearer one is a bit useless and they don't seem to know how to do anything ver..

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4th May

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Size is really wasteful and annoying

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Dear supermarkets, petrol stations and all shops.  Could you please fix it for me next time I buy anything to LET ME HAVE A RECEIPT THAT'S LESS THAN 2 FEET LONG?!!! 

A single receipt would be nice - Ideally just one piece of paper.  Perhaps 2 or 3 inches in length.  Also, I'd like not to have an advert for 5p a litre off petrol that you don't sell at your supermarket or for discounts on things that I've never bought before but your computer tells me I might be intere..

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4th May

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This ain't for no English teacher

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I saw a job advert today - for an 'Assistant Principal: Inclusion & Cohort Provision'.  Is this to do with being second in charge of providing soldiers to prevent the sacking of Rome?  After consulting them? 

I followed the link out of curiosity to find out if it meant anything.  It says "We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Assistant Principal to join our Leadership Team You will be part of a strategic leadership team who direct and lead the school with part..

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27th Apr

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Mind your makeup time

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I keep seeing selfies of women without makeup.  It's a right state of affairs that women taking pictures of themselves without make-up is worthy of comment innit? 
 
I have some harrumphy male advice for women - Why not just save a few quid and never wear makeup ever?  It works for me!  I know it's for a good cause 'n all but do we really live in a world where that is a weird suggestion?

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23rd Mar

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Scumalumnus!

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Blimey, the Alumni are after me!  They seem to have got my address somehow.  Contrary to what you might think, the Alumni are not a secret religious sect somehow connected to the Knights Templar and conspiracies in the Catholic Church, but a sort of club for people who went to a particular college or university.  A bit like forming a club for people who went in a particular pub a few times I guess, or one for people who cross the road in the same place every day.  But posher – at ..

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2nd Mar

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It's a bit obvious

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Yup...it is a bit obvious with it being Friday 14th and all that.  I think you may still be able to download this for free from Bandcamp...

Fills the corporte tat and chocolate gap between Christmas and Easter...But hey, I did get a song out of it!

http://johnparkes.bandcamp.com/track/valentines-day

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14th Feb

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It's not just goverment you know...

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Here’s another belter of a question from a recent YouGov poll – “Do you think Special K having an exclusive partnership with Kylie Minogue where she helps promote their products would be a good thing for Special K?”

 
Well?!  C'mon...answer dammit!

 
Clearly I wanted to give them the full benefit of my opinion on this.  Just in case you were interested – my opinion is that Special K is cornflakes for the sort of people who go on diets and succumb..

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13th Feb

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In floods of private tears...

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Do you think it uncharitable to suggest that the floods are suddenly like, really important since they started affecting the Home Counties and the Thames Valley? 

I trust the very well off Thames Valley types who read and write for the Daily Mail et al have been investing the tax cuts they’ve had over recent years in fantastically efficient private sector solutions to flooding – or will they be wanting help from the public services they don’t think are worth paying for?  I exclude..

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11th Feb

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Oooh, Leeds! Callahan and Bramwell

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Sometimes Leeds is a good place.  And here's to 2 of Leeds' medium sized venues, namely the Irish Centre and the Brudenell Social Club!  Why?  Well...in the space of 3 days I've seen 2 of the world's current songwriting geniuses (geniei?) in venues where I could hear and see 'em properly.

Wednesday was Bill Callahan at the Irish Centre - a man who tells stories that both ring true and are clearly (sometimes) made up.  A man who can twist a song's meaning around with a sin..

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8th Feb

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This is the Neeews!

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I was watching the lunchtime news on BBC1 just now.  Top story was DLT (the ‘Hairy Cornflake’ fact fans!) allegedly touching up a girl on Top of the Pops in the 1970s.  The jury are invited to decide his guilt on the basis of the change of expression of the girl in a video clip of TOTP apparently.  The old ‘hide your crime away by doing it live on TV in front of an audience' trick eh?

Then we move on to an interview with someone who might know the French president’s wife fo..

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14th Jan

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A corker!

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There were various comments that crossed my mind about this review but I think if I wrote them down they'd look silly for various reasons - I'd really like you to read this though - my favourite review so far of the new album.

http://www.pennyblackmusic.co.uk/MagSitePages/Review.aspx?id=9343

Don't forget to have a look round the rest of the site - they're obvioulsy discerning people!

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12th Dec

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Corporate takeover?

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OK, so this place is going to be a bit more advertis-ey and a bit more promo-ey and a bit less whine-ey and moan-ey over the next short while...This is because the new album is out and people are generally being nice about it - though I did get accused of McCartney style whimsy by one reviewer - Hurray!  Re-evaluation of Ram anyone?  I have a daughter and I wrote the first track 'Brand New Day' as a lullaby for her when she was tiny - so a slightly whimsical lullaby?  Who ever would have..

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5th Nov

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